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Spend the Night in This Floating Eco-Hotel Made Out of Recycled Truck Parts

by , 08/27/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Looking for an off-the-beaten-path way to enjoy the last days of summer? How does staying at a floating, sustainable hotel made from repurposed truck parts sound? Designed by architects Matteo Pinto and Carolina Cisneros of design company ComboColab, the Truck-a-Float Hotel offers four separate sleeping pods made out of old windowed truck cabs. The unique accommodations, moored at Marina 59 in Far Rockaway, will only set you back between $60 and $90 per night.

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DIY: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Simple Backyard Aquaponics System

by , 08/27/14

Aquaponics = aquaculture (the raising of edible fish) + hydroponics (growing vegetables and herbs without soil). You may have seen examples of this revolutionary way of growing food in some of the projects featured on Inhabitat. Per square foot, it’s the most productive form of agriculture on the planet, and is a perfect example of a living machine: a self-sufficient assembly of plants and animals that functions like an ecosystem, producing food for people without creating waste products or pollution.

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50,000 Bees Found Living in Woman's Ceiling

by , 08/27/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC


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Frieda Turkmenilli wasn’t too perturbed when she noticed a few bees flying around her Queens apartment. However, other residents living in the Elmhurst building were a bit more wary of the buzzing tenants and informed the property manager. Upon closer inspection, an astounding 50,000 bees were found to be living in Turkmenilli’s ceiling!

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Wealthy Californians are Circumventing the Drought by Trucking in Water

by , 08/27/14

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Everyone knows that California is suffering a catastrophic water shortage, but to drive around some of the wealthier neighborhoods in the state, you might not be able to tell. That’s because some of California’s richest residents are having water trucked to their homes in order to keep their lawns, swimming pools, fountains, and (no doubt vital) polo fields hydrated.

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A++ Unveils Plans for Falcon Island Eco City in the United Arab Emirates

by , 08/27/14

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Al Hamra Real Estate Development just appointed sustainable architecture studio A++ to design 150 new luxury villas on Falcon Island in Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE. The new residences are designed to LEED specifications and they will take advantage of a wide range of green building strategies.

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on How to Embrace Rising Sea Levels

by , 08/27/14

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Sea levels are rising, floods are prevalent, and cities are at greater risk than ever due to climate change. Now that we’ve accepted these facts, it’s time to design and build more resilient structures. Koen Olthuis, one of the most forward-thinking and innovative architects out there, has a solution for rising sea levels. His solution: Embrace the water by incorporating it into our cities; creating resilient buildings and infrastructure that can handle extreme flooding, heavy rains, and higher water. Olthuis and his team at Waterstudio.nl have been showing coastal communities the benefits of building on the water. With countries like the Maldives and Kiribati having to build oceanside or move in order to escape rising sea levels, New York learning to battle storm surges, and Jakarta dealing with massive flooding, embracing water may be our only option for survival. We chatted with Olthuis about how coastal cities can become more resilient in the face of change—read on for our interview!

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Studio505's Green-Roofed Phoenix Valley Achieves China's Highest Rating in Sustainability

by , 08/26/14

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Scientists Use Yeast to Create 100% Real Vegan Cheese

by , 08/26/14

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Cheese is often one of the most difficult foods for a new vegan to give up, and might also be one of the culinary delights that keeps some people from pursuing a plant-based diet. There are countless cheeses that delight palates around the globe, and many a veggie-vore convert has been wooed back to eating dairy by their favorite sharp cheddar or creamy camembert. Well, For all of you cheese-missing vegans (and lactose-intolerant folks too), there’s some fabulous news: a group of scientists has developed a process to create Real Vegan Cheese from a yeast-based, non-animal-derived milk protein – and they just launched an Indiegogo campaign to bring it to market!

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Carpenter Builds Woodland Love Nest For $4,000 in Just 6 Weeks!

by , 08/26/14

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Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk to Travel from India to England!

by , 08/26/14

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Iceland's Solheimar Ecovillage is Still Going Strong After 84 Years

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China's Supersonic Submarine Could Travel from Shanghai to San Francisco in Two Hours

by , 08/26/14
filed under: Green Transportation, News

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Shanghai to San Francisco in two hours flat? It’s possible, according to the Harbin Institute of Technology, which is developing a supersonic submarine capable of traveling at a blistering 3600 mph. Using developments in supercavitation technology, the institute has made it possible for submarines (or torpedoes) to travel faster than the speed of sound.

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The Atlanta Falcons' New Rose-Shaped Stadium Opens and Closes Like a Camera Aperture

by , 08/26/14

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Zaha Hadid Sues The New York Review of Books for Defamation

by , 08/26/14
filed under: Architecture, News

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Pritzker prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid does not appreciate the criticism that has been leveled at her of late. She recently announced plans to sue The New York Review of Books and architecture critic Martin Filler over alleged defamatory statements in a recent book review. Specifically, Hadid takes exception with the implication that she was indifferent to the alleged difficult working conditions of migrant workers on high-profile construction projects in the Middle East, including her own. She is also upset that Filler used large portions of his June 5 review of Rowan Moore’s “Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture” to question her success and fault her personality, although she was not a prominent character in the book.

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15-Year-Old Invents Clever In-Sole Generator That Powers Your Phone While You Walk

by , 08/26/14
filed under: green gadgets, News

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Just 15-years-old, Angelo Casimiro has invented a new way to charge cell phones by harnessing the power of people’s steps. The industrious teen has invented a device inserted into a shoe that converts walking into piezoelectric energy, which allows users to power up their phones while on the go. The smart shoe not only creates energy from steps, but could provide important energy for off grid users or people living in developing countries that have minimal access to electricity.

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Help Save Frank Lloyd Wright's Spring House in Tallahassee!

Help Save Frank Lloyd Wright's Spring House in Tallahassee!

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House in Tallahassee, Florida, was recently listed on the “11 Most Endangered Historic Places in America” by the National Trust for Historic…

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Everything You Need to Know to Build a Backyard Greywater Wetland

Everything You Need to Know to Build a Backyard Greywater Wetland

If you stop to think about it, it’s quite odd that we flush our wastewater into local rivers, isn't it? It flows away, only to be siphoned off and cleaned by the community…

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World's First 3D-Printed Vertebra Implant Given to 12-Year-Old Chinese Boy

World's First 3D-Printed Vertebra Implant Given to 12-Year-Old Chinese…

Doctors from the Peking University Third Hospital in China have performed the world's first implant of a 3D-printed human vertebra. After 12-year-old Minghao sustained a soccer injury,…

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VIF Studio's Rustic Summer Cottage is a Modern-Day Lighthouse in Massachusetts

VIF Studio's Rustic Summer Cottage is a Modern-Day Lighthouse in…

Located on a hillside in the Boston Harbor area, VIF Studio’s Summer Cottage is a two-story home that offers 180-degree views of the harbor. The team, led by architect Lian Eoyang,…

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Cutting Carbon Emissions Will Pay for Itself, MIT Study Shows

Cutting Carbon Emissions Will Pay for Itself, MIT Study Shows

As politicians begin to use economic arguments to support cutting carbon emissions, a new study from MIT has confirmed that the flow-on health benefits of emissions reductions could…

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